God Loves Uganda is a feature-length documentary about the influence of U.S.-based evangelical Christian missionaries who whip up anti-gay fervor in Africa. Uganda’s parliament is still considering a proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill that, even though the death penalty has been removed from it, would be one of the most punitive anti-gay measures in the world. The ties that God Loves Uganda shows between religious extremists in the USA and the virulent homophobia in Uganda is eery and disturbing. Director Roger Ross Williams visited Out in the Bay to discuss his filmmaking journeys to Africa and Missouri to make this documentary, and played film clips too. (Broadcast live Oct. 31, 2013 – Eric Jansen hosts.)
God Loves Uganda premiered at Sundance this year and has played at several other film festivals. It plays starting Nov. 1 in San Francisco’s Roxie Theater and at The Elmwood in Berkeley. Roger Ross Williams is the first African American to win an Oscar for directing and producing a film – his 2010 short documentary Music by Prudence. He’s won numerous other awards for cable and television non-fiction programming.